Do we need to add oil to our diets really? Nope. However, if you are going to use oils, then either flaxseed/linseed oil or olive oil are my picks. Just check those eating the traditional Mediterranean diet and the fact that they hold some of the world records in longevity. They use exclusively olive oil for everything – cooking, frying and on vegetables. Olive oil is one of our favourite oils – in all ways. Some of the world’s healthiest people drench everything in it!
How do you make olive oil?
Olive oil is made from the crushing and then subsequent pressing of olives from the tree called ‘Olea europaea’. Extra virgin olive oil is derived from the first pressing and has by far, the most delicate and delicious flavour and the most antioxidant and nutritional components. We traded from butter to extra virgin olive oil on our freshly air-popped popcorn years ago and once you get used to the stronger flavour you cannot ever eat typical ‘NZ movie’ popcorn ever again! The last time Tracey and I did (at the movies) we burnt our tongues and could not believe how bad and over-flavoured it tasted! Ugh!
The Olive Tree is a cure for many diseases
The olive itself has been used in over 60 different disease states as it contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It can also be used externally and is the base of many natural healing oils, balms and runs. It has been used historically for muscle pains, poison removal, hemorrhoids, heart disease, leprosy, pleurisy, teeth and gums, skin diseases, cancers of all sorts, dandruff, boils, eczema, scars, psoriasis, dermatitis, kidney stones, sinus problems, alopecia, liver cleansing, fungal infections including ringworm, worms, hair treatments, ear problems, constipation, colds, flu, and directly on the skin to make you ‘glow’!
- The Oldest Living Woman in the World in 2012 was 120-year-old Miriam Amash from Israel. She said the secrets to her extraordinary longevity were ingesting a great deal of olive oil, avoiding alcohol and eating lots of vegetables and herbs.
- Riudavets Moll from Spain ate a healthy fresh traditional Mediterranean diet and lived to 114.
- Greek women have the lowest early death rates; just 38 deaths per 1,000 women before the age of 60.
- Olive oil lowers heart disease; just two tablespoons daily lowers your risk of dying of heart disease by 44%.
- The Greeks have the highest intake of fat in the world but some of the lowest death rates of heart disease. This is because their fat intake is from olive oil and not animal fats.
- In a study by Guallar-Castillón P, et al “Consumption of fried foods and risk of coronary heart disease: Spanish cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition”, as published in the British Medical Journal 2012, and a Study by Leitzmann MF and Kurth T., “Fried foods and the risk of coronary heart disease”, as published in the British Medical Journal 2012, it was found that even frying in olive oil did not raise heart disease risk.
- Researchers from the Catalonian Institute of Oncology (ICO) in Girona and the University of Granada in Spain have also confirmed that extra virgin olive oil is a powerful weapon against breast cancer (those eating the traditional Mediterranean diet have far lower levels of breast cancer).
Olive oil is amazing, healthy, tasty, and adds good fat, and a feeling of fullness to foods – enjoy it! Be aware it has no fibre and is 100% fat so use it as a garnish or treat only.
- Olive oil is very good for you.
- Fried foods are generally very bad however lightly fried in olive oil is fine in small amounts.
- Shallow frying for a short period is far better than deep frying.
- The Mediterranean diet is a smart diet based on plants and olive oil usage and is very good for longevity.
- Olive oil is a critical part of the Mediterranean diet’s success in promoting health.
- Olive oil is the best choice as an oil as it has been proven over and over again to promote health – regardless of the type of usage it has.
- Using extra virgin olive oil is even better – raw on a salad it increases all aspects of the health benefits of the salad.
- Lightly frying your own foods is completely different to eating takeaway deep-fried foods.
- Eating lightly-fried foods as part of an overall healthy diet is the key to minimizing damage to the human body.
- Study by Guallar-Castillón P, et al “Consumption of fried foods and risk of coronary heart disease: Spanish cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study” as published in the British Medical Journal 2012; 344: e363.
- Study by Leitzmann MF and Kurth T. “Fried foods and the risk of coronary heart disease” as published in the British Medical Journal 2012; DOI: 10.1136/bmj.d8274. The study by Pilar Guallar-Castillón, MD, MPH, PhD, of the Autonomous University of Madrid, and Spanish colleagues, looked at more than 40,000 Spaniards followed for 12 years eating the traditional Mediterranean diet and found frequently eating food fried in olive oil wasn’t any more risky than the occasional indulgence. The study dug into one aspect, the ‘type of oil’ using the Spanish cohort of EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition). Fried food was about 7% of all food eaten. Guallar-Castillón says, “Food was fried with oil rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy”. Olive oil is less prone to degradation during frying. Instead of a blanket conclusion on fried food, the type of oil used, whether it’s used to deep fry or pan fry, and how many times it is reused may be relevant, concluded Dr Michael F. Leitzmann, of the University of Regensburg, Germany and Tobias Kurth, MD, ScD, of Université Bordeaux Segalen in Bordeaux, France. As reported by MedPage Today on January 24, 2012.
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